Copper provides that iron is recorded in hemoglobin, the red dye in our blood, and thus plays a role in oxygen transport in the body. Copper is also involved in the pigmentation of skin and hair and connective tissue and bone formation. Copper is also important for a good resistance and contributes to the energy supply of our body.

Where is it in?
Copper occurs mainly in organ meats, fish & seafood, nuts and cereal products. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables and cocoa products sources of copper

On the page ' where's the? "more information about the sources of copper and the contribution of these sources to the recommended daily allowance.

How much do I need?
The recommended daily allowance for adults (22-50 years) is by the Health Council on 1.5-3.5 mg. pregnant women have extra copper necessary because during pregnancy about 16 mg copper in the placenta and the fetus. Also women who are breastfeeding have more copper to compensate the amount of copper with breast milk leaves the body.

An overview of the buyer need in the different stages of life can be found at ' how much do I need? '.

What factors affect the absorption of copper?
The inclusion of copper is inhibited by zinc and by a vitamin C intake of at least 1500 milligrams per day. This corresponds to about 25 oranges.

What is safe?
the maximum safe dose for adults 5 milligrams of copper/day. This is equivalent to 550 grams of cooked Brown rice. At the safe dose is an average value, with a wide margin is taken. This means that one-time or short-term non-compliance with the maximum safe dose no direct danger.

What are the consequences of an excess of copper?
Excess copper is usually caused by contamination of foods and/or beverages. Symptoms caused an excess of saliva, pain in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

What are the consequences of a lack of buyer?
A copper deficiency is rare in most people. The risk of a deficiency is greater in newborn children, preterm infants and children who are malnourished.

Symptoms that often occur in a shortage of copper are anemia, reduction of the immune system and bone abnormalities, such as osteoporosis.

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